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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 14, 2008 10:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

I saw a lot of great shows between 90-95, especially 90-91. The nice thing about the immediate post-Brent era was that they weren't playing the mediocre new songs that would become more prominent later (Wave to the Wind, Eternity, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long Way to Go Home, etc..).

I saw something like 12 shows in '91 -- spring, summer and fall -- and all had memorable highlights. None of these are considered 'classic' shows for 1991 (for reasons that I don't really understand), yet most were pretty great.

So, in addition to the shows from '91 that everyone talks about (MSG, Shoreline, Greensboro -- which are, indeed, great) here are my recommendations for often-overlooked greatness from 1991:

3-17-91, Cap Center - Reuben and Cherise breakout. Five songs before Drums, including a GREAT (and I mean great) China->Rider, and the second New Speedway since 1970. Also one of the best Black Peter's I ever heard. Total goosebumps material.

3-21-91, Cap Center - A well-circulated bootleg back in the day. Look at this second set, 'Stir It Up Jam'?? Are you kidding me? Dead history: Victim Or The Crime-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Stir It Up Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Box Of Rain

Really, that entire March 1991 Cap Center run was great. You should really listen to all of them. 3-20 was nice too.

6-20-91, Pine Knob - Second set a Throwin' sandwich. What? The Throwin -> Iko transition still gives me goosebumps: Throwing Stones -> Iko Iko, All Along The Watchtower, Standing On the Moon, He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace

06-22-1991 - Soldier Field - Amazing Shakedown in the two-hole is the show highlight, but also includes an impressive Playin -> Terrapin -> D/S -> Dark Star Instrumental -> Playin Reprise. Great stuff.

09-04-1991 - Richfield Coliseum - An absolutely gaudy 10-song first set to kick off the fall tour (opens with "Let the Good Times Roll"). When does that ever happen? Very high-energy, kick ass show. Maybe the best I saw. Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated, He's Gone to open the second. A seriously great, great scarlet->fire here. Plus, 'China Doll' out of space.